Judges 17

1There was a man named Micah that lived in the hill country of Ephraim. 2Micah said to his mother, “Do you remember that someone stole 28 pounds of silver from you. I heard you say a curse about that. Well, I have the silver. I took it.” His mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son.” 3Micah gave the 28 pounds of silver back to his mother. Then she said, “I will give this silver as a special gift to the Lord. I will give it to my son so he can make a statue and cover it with the silver. So now, son, I give the silver back to you.” 4But Micah gave the silver back to his mother. So she took about 5 pounds of the silver and gave them to a silversmith. The silversmith used the silver to make a statue covered with silver. The statue was put in Micah’s house. 5Micah had a temple for worshiping idols. He made an ephod and some house idols. Then Micah chose one of his sons to be his priest. ( 6At that time, the people of Israel did not have a king. So each person did what he himself thought was right.) 7There was a young man that was a Levite. He was from the city of Bethlehem, Judah. He had been living among the family group of Judah. 8That young man left Bethlehem, Judah. He was looking for another place to live. As he was traveling, he came to Micah’s house. Micah’s house was in the hill country of the land of Ephraim. 9Micah asked him, “Where have you come from?” The young man answered, “I am a Levite from the city of Bethlehem, Judah. I am looking for a place to live.” 10Then Micah said to him, “Live with me. Be my father and my priest. I will give you 4 ounces of silver each year. I will also give you clothes and food.” The Levite did what Micah asked. 11The young Levite agreed to live with Micah. The young man became like one of Micah’s own sons. 12Micah chose him to be his priest. So the young man became a priest and lived in Micah’s house. 13And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me. I know this because I have a man from the family group of Levi to be my priest.”

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